Uncapped Byrne named on Ireland bench for USA Test
July 8, 2021 1:12 pm Site Editor
Andy Farrell and his coaching team have named the Ireland side to face the USA at the Aviva Stadium in the Vodafone Summer Series.
James Ryan wears the captain’s armband and is partnered in the second row by Ryan Baird who makes his first start for Ireland.
Harry Byrne is named among the replacements, one of eight uncapped players in the matchday squad.
In the backrow, Caelan Doris switches to the blindside flank to accommodate Gavin Coombes at No 8 with the uncapped Nick Timoney lining out at openside.
In the front row, Tom O’Toole is set to make his international debut alongside Rónan Kelleher and Dave Kilcoyne.
Craig Casey will also make his first start for Ireland and will partner his provincial colleague Joey Carbery at half-back.
Stuart McCloskey retains the inside centre berth and is joined by fellow Ulsterman debutant James Hume. Hugo Keenan starts his 13th consecutive game for Ireland and is supported in the back field by Andrew Conway and Robert Baloucoune.
The replacements include Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Will Addison and the uncapped quartet Fineen Wycherley, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade and Byrne.
The match will be televised by RTE (ROI) and on Channel 4’s YouTube channel (NI) and kicks off at 7.15pm.
Ireland team to play USA:
15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 12 caps
14. Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) uncapped
13. James Hume (Ulster/Banbridge) uncapped
12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 5 caps
11. Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 24 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 23 caps
9. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 2 caps
1. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 44 caps
2. Rónan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 12 caps
3. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) uncapped
4. Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 4 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 36 caps CAPTAIN
6. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 8 caps
7. Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) uncapped
8. Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 1 cap
16. Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 5 caps
17. Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 5 caps
18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 15 caps
19. Fineen Wycherley (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped
20. Paul Boyle (Connacht/Buccaneers) uncapped
21. Caolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegians) uncapped
22. Harry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) uncapped
23. Will Addison (Ulster/Enniskillen) 4 caps